re·​house | \ (ˌ)rē-ˈhau̇z How to pronounce rehouse (audio) \
rehoused; rehousing; rehouses

Definition of rehouse

transitive verb

: to house again or anew especially : to establish in a new or different housing unit of a better quality

Examples of rehouse in a Sentence

The organization is working to rehouse families who were displaced in the fire.
Recent Examples on the Web The effort to shelter the families is funded through Sept. 30, Hogan said, but efforts to rehouse the families through rental subsidy programs have waitlists of 60 days or more, Hogan said. Christine Condon,, 27 Sep. 2021 Develop a coordinated process to rehouse people who are currently living in temporary housing, like hotels, because of the pandemic. Jessica Boehm, The Arizona Republic, 12 June 2021 In 2018, the company negotiated a deal with Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder (R) to rehouse the lines under the straits in a concrete tunnel. Washington Post, 2 May 2021 In 2018, the company negotiated a deal with Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder, a Republican, to rehouse the lines under the straits in a concrete tunnel. Amanda Coletta, Anchorage Daily News, 3 May 2021 Amid the pandemic, Fiji has needed to rehouse families because of erosion from climate change. Washington Post, 18 Dec. 2020 Program is designed to provide funding to quickly rehouse homeless individuals and families while minimizing the trauma and dislocation caused by homelessness. Lauren Lee, CNN, 30 Oct. 2020 A second night of fires destroyed what was left of Europe’s biggest refugee camp, on the Greek island of Lesbos, as Greek authorities scrambled to rehouse some 12,000 people who were living in the camp. Apostolis Fotiadis, WSJ, 10 Sep. 2020 The center received $200,000 to run a non-congregate shelter at one hotel from July to December, plus another $260,000 to rapidly rehouse other people experiencing homelessness. Amelia Pak-harvey, The Indianapolis Star, 12 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of rehouse

1817, in the meaning defined above

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“Rehouse.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of rehouse

: to give (a person or animal) a different and usually better place to live


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